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Like: On the theme of discovering new parks nearby, last week I came across Dentonia Athletic Park (while riding my new bike!) via the entrance at the end of Rosevear Avenue. It’s a mid-size park with a decent-looking playground that I did not pay much attention to because FOUNTAINS. It was a hot day, and this park has a sweet little set-up wherein a number of fountains turn on when you press a big button. I ran through those fountains. There was a little girl there doing the same thing. I’m not sure who was more delighted.

It may not be as fancy as the elaborate new accessible playground near Yonge & Davisville (which also has water features), but it’s nice.

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Like: I’ve been exploring my neighbourhood a little bit recently, and this has largely made me realize how sad it is that I’ve been living here for nearly two years now, and there are things five minutes away from my apartment that I don’t know about. Case in point: Taylor Creek Park! (The Globe and Mail has a really lovely description of this “ribbon of otherness” here.)

I was walking the trail along the creek last month, and came across this magical, secluded field (above photo) where wild rabbits with cottontails were spotted briefly before darting away. This field has a few picnic tables, but not many, and also has a fairly large firepit with enough seating for about 20 people around it! I wonder where you get a permit for that?

A little further down the trail, there is also a very small and very pleasant bog (bottom photo). In general, Taylor Creek Park is so nice for having a picnic, maybe walking a dog (as many here do), or just wandering and feeling like you’ve gotten away from the city for a little while. Thumbs up! I just hope they’ve repaired that bridge that was damaged after a recent huge rainfall.

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Like: Today my apartment building got a shiny new TV screen in the lobby, in between the elevators, tuned to CP24! It was a total surprise, and a very welcome one, since casually leaving CP24 on in the background is one of the things I miss about having cable. Now I can catch the weather and headlines every time I go out and come home!

Like: Today my apartment building got a shiny new TV screen in the lobby, in between the elevators, tuned to CP24! It was a total surprise, and a very welcome one, since casually leaving CP24 on in the background is one of the things I miss about having cable. Now I can catch the weather and headlines every time I go out and come home!

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Like: After Target bought out Zellers, you’d think I might be sentimental because it’s a Canadian chain store, and it was also my first-ever job. But you know what? Zellers stores always seem to be poorly run, with untidy shelves and really slow checkout lines. (Not when I was working, of course.) So I’m okay with this.

Anyway, the Globe and Mail reported today that the Zellers located at Danforth and Victoria Park is slated to be one of the first 24 locations (of an eventual 125 to 135) in Canada converted into a Target store, sometime around April 2013. I have never actually been in a Target store, but I anticipate an improvement.

Hat tip to my neighbour @jm_mcgrath for pointing out the story.

Dislike: Aw, damn. Just as I was about the publish this entry, someone mentioned this. My condolences to all the Zellers employees who will be laid off as a result of the buyout.

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Like: Baitul Muqadas Halal Pizza & Wings! They have, quite possibly, the cheapest pizza I’ve seen anywhere — $1.75 a slice, or add 75 cents for a can of pop. The pizza is good, the people that run it are fairly friendly, and it’s steps away from Main Station, on the Danforth. This is really all I ask of a pizza place.

Baitul Muqadas, don’t ever change.

In case you’re in the neighbourhood:
2584 Danforth Ave.
416-690-8700

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Like: Councillor Janet Davis strikes again! This afternoon, after Occupy Toronto protesters were handed eviction notices at St. James Park, Davis and 10 other left-leaning city councillors delivered the above letter to the mayor’s office, requesting that the city allow the Occupy Toronto protesters to stay put, at least until the November 29 city council meeting. (via Torontoist)
Here’s hoping for a peaceful resolution. I visited the Occupy camp last weekend, and it’s surreal to see the dozens and dozens of tents and yurts (including a makeshift library) permanently set up in a public park. But their level of organization and peacefulness is impressive: daily General Assembly meetings, educational workshops, and organized litter clean-ups are just a few examples. In the end, I don’t know what will actually be accomplished by this extended protest (an end to Corporate Greed?), but we’ve come a long way since the G20.

Like: Councillor Janet Davis strikes again! This afternoon, after Occupy Toronto protesters were handed eviction notices at St. James Park, Davis and 10 other left-leaning city councillors delivered the above letter to the mayor’s office, requesting that the city allow the Occupy Toronto protesters to stay put, at least until the November 29 city council meeting. (via Torontoist)

Here’s hoping for a peaceful resolution. I visited the Occupy camp last weekend, and it’s surreal to see the dozens and dozens of tents and yurts (including a makeshift library) permanently set up in a public park. But their level of organization and peacefulness is impressive: daily General Assembly meetings, educational workshops, and organized litter clean-ups are just a few examples. In the end, I don’t know what will actually be accomplished by this extended protest (an end to Corporate Greed?), but we’ve come a long way since the G20.

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Like: The many friendly neighbourhood cats that greet me along the sidewalk, especially on Barrington Avenue.

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Like: Our local councillor, Janet Davis, who came down to the community consultation meeting this week about the proposed development and made sure everyone’s voices were heard. And who also speaks out against Rob Ford at city council, and advocates for our libraries. (And who also, as my friend pointed out, kind of looks like Anjelica Huston.)

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Do not like: The city’s proposal to build a new 22-storey apartment building right behind 90 Eastdale Ave. Not looking forward to never-ending construction, overcrowded schools. Maybe by the time construction gets started, I’ll have already moved out?

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Like: The fact that this is the most prominent “graffiti” we have to deal with in the laneway behind Barrington Avenue, near Main Station. Also that it hasn’t been tagged or removed yet.

Like: The fact that this is the most prominent “graffiti” we have to deal with in the laneway behind Barrington Avenue, near Main Station. Also that it hasn’t been tagged or removed yet.